Western Reserve Herb Garden, hence, the name “Ellie’s Overlook”. From this elevation the Knot design, the quadrants of the Fragrance Garden and the wrought iron armillary at the terminus of the Historic Rose Walk can be seen to advantage. The view of the Garden is spectacular in every season, however in winter the bones of the garden design are especially visible.
The Terrace Garden is paved with brick and accented with three large millstones symmetrically placed. Two stone benches anchor the ends of the paved rectangular area which is surrounded by a variety of herbs and herb related plants in subtle hues and various leaf textures. The soft pastel palette of flowering plants and contrasting foliage of greens and grays creates a mosaic pattern reminiscent of a Persian carpet. A graceful Japanese Tree Lilac planted in 1942 shades the southwestern edge of the lower section of the Terrace.
The marvelous span of seasonal change in the Terrace Garden from early spring through the late autumn delights visitors as well as those tending this garden. Visitors are encouraged to linger and contemplate the Old World formality of design and the classical reverence for balance and restraint. The Terrace Garden is subtle and peaceful.